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K'iché burial or cache urn base

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K'iché burial or cache urn base with humanoid head emerging from the open maw of a shark-like saurian (a Xoc monster). Both have been heavily restored in modern times, although some authentic fragments may be included in the base. See 1987.722a for the heavily restored lid of this vessel.


John B. Fulling collection, Florida, by 1975; lent to MFA, June 1, 1987; to MFA, December 1987, gift of John B. Fulling.

Credit Line

Gift of John B. Fulling

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Southern Highlands, Guatemala


42.6 x 44.5 cm (16 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of black paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware